Crime and Court news / Economy

Crisis-related crimes skyrocketing in Italy

According to Italian consumers’ association Codacons, the crisis is greatly increasing the number of thefts, larcenies, robberies and purse-snatches in the country.

For example, house larcenies in Italy increased by 65 percent between 2010 and 2013, while the goods stolen every year by shoplifter are valued 3 billion euros.

According to Codacons President Carlo Rienzi, the offenders are more and more often “citizens who, having seen their purchasing power diminished by the crisis, decide to steal as an extreme measure to satisfy their basic needs”.

In 2012 agricultural association Coldiretti denounced that fruits and vegetables are being stolen directly from the fields, much probably by hungry thieves.

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